This past week has been an eventful one around the Rollo house. Last Thursday we got a call from school saying we needed to come get our oldest because there had been an accident on the playground and he’d need stitches. I’ll spare you the graphic photos, but when we picked him up my four year old said “why does my brother have a hole in his nose?” It was not a pretty sight.
The poor kid’s clothes were covered in blood and he was sobbing. While I picked him up from school, my husband started googling which urgent care locations would service our insurance. He texted me the information of one and we were off!
My son now has a stitched up nose, two black eyes and a report from the radiologist saying he has two small fractures in his nose.
The next few days were a whirlwind of trying to find an ENT that would work with us and dealing with insurance and doctors.
Not a fun weekend.
Today, I took him to his regular pediatrician (that we love!) to get her opinion on everything since the urgent care doctor and the ENT were giving us the run-around.
As soon as I told her where we had taken him her face fell.
“They are notoriously horrible, never take him there again.” She said.
She then told me about two urgent care clinics that have pediatricians on site that would have been better places to take him. I can’t help but think of the worries and money we would have saved if I had known which urgent care locations were best.
Parents spend so much time choosing a pediatrician, but I never hear any one talking about taking the time to choose an urgent care location. It’s just as important! Thankfully, they did an okay job taking care of my son. I do have a list of complaints about our experience in the urgent care location we selected BUT none of them extend to my six year old.
Now that we know who our pediatrician recommends I won’t have to worry about having issues at a random urgent care location again. On my to-do list for this week is to call up the urgent care locations she recommended and make sure they are in-network with our insurance. Then, I’m printing off that information for our fridge AND our babysitters.
This is one huge oversight in our health and safety plan, and I hope my mistake can help you be more prepared if something happens to your kids. It’s a simple fix that can be solved with a quick call to your pediatrician to ask her who she recommends for urgent care OR ask her the next time you are in the office with your kids.
It’s worth thinking about this ahead of time, because when you’re rushing in the car with a crying kid, you want to know for sure you are going somewhere that you can trust to take care of your child, and hopefully an urgent care location with pediatricians on sight, like the ones ours recommended to us.
— Update on my son — I know several of you were following along on Instagram as I shared about his injury.
My son got hurt on the playground at school this week. His whole class made cards for him which I picked up yesterday. My absolute favorite has to be the little girl who drew a photo of him getting his injury (blood gushing from his face and all). Inside the card she told him to get well soon and drink lots of liquids. They are six. #futuredoctor #drinklotsofliquids #solidadvice #thatdrawingthough
He’s doing really well and recovering nicely, Batman band-aids make everything better. Our only trouble with him has been getting him to stay calm and not climb or jump around as much as he normally does while he recovers. We have two follow-up appointments this week; one to remove the stitches and one to see about his fractures. After those two appointments I think we should be done and can put this entire adventure behind us!
Do you have any tips for planning ahead for accidents? Share with us in the comments so we can all be a bit more prepared!